Hardwick Football Club is in danger of folding

This letter is similar to one I wrote about this time last year. I shall be standing down as Chairman and Treasurer of Hardwick Football Club at the end of this season, and this time I really will. Having given thirty years of service to the club – formerly as a player and latterly as Chairman – other commitments mean I can no longer give the club the time it needs.

I think it is important that someone based in Hardwick takes on this role. The football club is a community asset and should be led by someone in the community. In my view, it is only possible to take the views of residents and support the club properly if you are based in the village. I have found that trying to do that remotely is very challenging.

If no-one steps forward to take on these two important roles of Chairman and Treasurer the club will not be able to enter teams into competitions next year. This would be a real shame because with a first team pushing for their first ever Kershaw Premier League title – which would be an amazing achievement for a village of Hardwick’s size – and a Reserve team in Senior B the club is a well established member of the local league and is doing well.

I truly hope that someone will step forward to ensure the community retains one of its key assets. Having already lost Saturday cricket for adults it would be another blow to lose the Saturday football as well.

Please contact me directly if you are interested. The AGM will be held in June and if no one has come forward we will address the future of the club at that meeting. I cannot stress enough that if no one comes forward the village will lose its adult football club.

Steve Chamberlain


Grace Crescent application to build 98 homes approved

South Cambs District Council Planning Committee agreed today to approve the planning application from Hill to build 98 homes at a site off Grace Crescent.

The application was initially proposed in 2015 and went through several stages, including a public exhibition for the scheme held by Hill in June 2015. Hill also attended the Annual Parish Meeting in May 2016 to give an update on their proposal.

You can visit the dedicated website for the development at www.gracecrescentland.co.uk

An image taken from their initial proposal can be seen below.

Credit: hill (www.gracecresentland.co.uk)

Parish Council budget meeting January 2017

The PC held their annual budget/precept setting meeting on 31st January, this was an open meeting but it was only 7 members of the PC who attended. It took two and a half hours to review the previous year’s budget and subsequent spend, set the new budget and decide on how much should remain in reserve. The ground works budget and Hardwick Happenings saw a slight overspend last year. However several areas saw a slight under spend so overall the PC decided to reduce the precept again for 2018 with assurance that the reserves held are still sufficient for a village of our size. Many thanks to the clerk Gail for guiding us through this process and preparing the finances for the meeting.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme

The plan above shows the location of a balancing pond adjacent to the A428 trunk road and St Neots Road.

As part of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme, construction of which has commenced, some work will be undertaken along the A428 near Madingley.

The work will involve construction of a new bridge to take the new A14 northbound loop over the A428 eastbound carriageway. To do this work some narrow lanes will be installed along the A428 and for this a recovery compound is required to deal rapidly with any vehicles that breakdown. This recovery compound will be sited on Highways England land adjacent to the balancing pond that was constructed as part of the A428 Caxton to Hardwick Improvement Scheme. The site of the balancing pond is shown on the attached plan. Access to the recovery compound will be from St Neots Road. The recovery compound will consist of a couple of small caravans and space for a recovery vehicle. Any vehicle that has broken down in the narrow lane section will be recovered to our main works compound near Boxworth.

January Parish Meeting Report

The meeting started at its new time of 7pm with all councillors present, the District Councillor Grenville Chamberlain, David Thompson from the planning department and a member of the community. In the open session David outlined the current situation with the progress of the Grace Crescent development. Up to 98 dwellings are planned however this is a maximum and it may actually be less than this number. Currently the issues being considered are water drainage, an archaeological dig, landscaping, overall design, highways safety, means of access and environmental health. The planning application will be considered by the planning department at South Cambs on 1st March. There will be District Council and Parish Council representatives there on behalf of the village.

Grenville also reported that there will be a meeting at the school on the 7th March organised by the residents of St. Neots Rd regarding the route of the proposed bus way from Cambourne to Cambridge. Heidi Allen cannot attend but will be sending a representative.

The clerk had received one application for one of the two vacant posts on the PC and it was decided to co-opt Dean Wellbelove onto the council, he has been a councillor in the past, and we look forward to welcoming him at the February meeting.

The Egremont Rd play park will have a new colourful metal fence put up around the enlarged footprint ready for the initial phase of the redesigning and revamping of the play equipment. The Hardwick Play Parks group have worked hard to get the scheme off the ground and the PC is pleased to help them financially with this first step.

Further investigations into the bad drainage from the changing rooms will continue at HSSC but as this is a long standing problem both the PC and the committee of the club are exhausting all the possible reasons and professional help is also not proving to resolve the issue. It is becoming a costly recurrence which both parties hope to sort out as soon as possible.

A resident of Dry Drayton drew the attention of the Council to two planning applications along St Neots Road beyond the Dry Drayton Roundabout in the area between the road and the A428. One application was for warehouses and the other for Self storage units. The Parish Council opposed both applications on the grounds of traffic and because this area might be required as a possible route for the busway into Cambridge.

The next meeting is 28th February at 7pm in the Community Room.

Cambourne to Cambridge Busway Meeting 7th March

The meeting has been organised by a group of Hardwick residents and is to be chaired by Hardwick District Councillor Grenville Chamberlain.

A representative from the City Deal will also attend to outline their proposals and the impact on Hardwick village.


  1. What are the proposed routes for the busway?
  2. How will the routes affect Hardwick?
  3. Will the bus stop in Hardwick?
  4. Will the Citi 4 schedule be affected?
  5. Will the Citi 4 be cancelled?
  6. Could the Citi 4 be rerouted to include Caldecote and Hardwick villages to enable more villagers access to buses?
  7. How many buses will there be an hour?
  8. If Cambourne builds another 2,300 houses how many more buses will there be an hour?
  9. What type of engine will the buses have regarding pollution?
  10. How noisy will the buses be?
  11. How much pollution will there be from the busway?
  12. What type of pollution and sound barriers are proposed between the houses on St. Neots road and the A428 if the current trees and fencing are removed to make way for a bus way?
  13. What safety barrier will there be between the bus way and the current road to stop vehicles using the busway?
  14. Would there be any speed restrictions/calming, if yes what?
  15. Would the busway be lit?


Ashley Heller, Adrian Shepherd, the City Deal board and our local MP Heidi Allen have all been informed and invited to attend the meeting.

If you have any further questions to add to the list please email:




 Tuesday 7 MARCH 2017, 7.00pm